SALT - Boulder
SALT - Boulder

SALT - Boulder

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saltthebistro.com/
  • Phone: 303-444-7258
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table

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  • Parking: No
A word from SALT - Boulder
The philosophy at SALT is simple; a belief that the best food travels the shortest distance from farm to table, that menus should change with the seasons and that the locally sourced ingredients, combined with European technique and innovative thinking make for a truly remarkable experience. Chef Bradford Heap and his staff have made a commitment to source local, organic and fresh ingredients whenever possible. The menu reflects this mind-set, simple, yet elegant and delicious. The wines, while sourced all over the world offer our guests some classic profiles, while introducing them to some new and exciting choices as well as a pre-prohibition cocktails with a twist. Approachable, but sophisticated. Enjoy!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
SALT - Boulder reviews from OpenTable diners
176 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (110)neighborhood gem (61)great for outdoor dining (52)hot spot (52)special occasion (47)romantic (33)great for lunch (28)vibrant bar scene (26)notable wine list (24)good for groups (22)great for brunch (19)scenic view (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Great first time
    NyliramYar
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We have eaten a number of times at Colterra and have heard about Salt but this was our first time there. The food was excellent and the service very good, with the only "negative" being that our waitress was also serving two larger groups, but, considering that, she did a very good job. The noise level question didn't have a step for "loud" which it definitely was. That would be my only problem with Salt; however, I know that is how all hip places are today.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative food
    20ellu03
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Two levels in this restaurant. We were seated in the lower level which is much smaller and quieter. Upstairs is very energetic and louder. Food is creative, locally sourced and excellent. Had the peach bruschetta with prosciutto, mascarpone cheese - fabulous! My husband had the fresh made gnocchi and I had the fresh swordfish - both of which were excellent. They had a creative cocktail offering - sort of a la carte- don't know if this is strictly a seasonal offering. Many choices - again using fresh basil, rhubarb etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun restaurant
    DrmickjrVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We always enjoy a meal at SALT, recognizing it is not fine dining, just good to very good food and wine in a funky setting. Eating there on a Saturday night in beautiful Fall weather is just plain enjoyable. Our server was knowledgeable and enthusiastic, not always the case in Colorado, where service can be highly erratic in the vast majority of restaurants, even the top rated ones.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceeded Expectations!
    PastrasayVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We chose SALT on a last minute whim, and were stunned at everything from the service to the food! It was hands down one of the best meal's we have had in 2014. I give SALT 10 stars! :D
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    Kevin
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    First time - great food with combinations that were very tasty. Good service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a treat!
    EatingRight
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have dined here on multiple occasions and have never been disappointed. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great concept
    JonF
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Everything about SALT met my expectations. Very busy on the night there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening out
    tastyfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    SALT had a wonderful list of entrees and starters to choose from. Not too many options so that you were drowned in the details. But something for most everyone. My wife and I shared the Peach Bruschetta which was fantastic. My wife then had the salmon while I had the tuna. Unfortunately my tuna came out overcooked and I didn't feel like sending it back. I could tell it wasn't a systemic problem since the next table over had a properly seared piece. Overall the service was great and we will definitely look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salt is a worthy successor
    olddocjones
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Salt is a worthy successor to Tom's Tavern, whose space it occupies and which it acknowledges by leaving the brick wall signage in place and by serving a Tom's Tavern burger. The food is excellent and the service impeccable. Our server yesterday, Jeromy, did a first-rate job. They also know how to prepare a proper cup of tea, a rarity even in better restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to be Missed!!
    FLBunny
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Terrific food and great atmosphere in the heart of the city! Dine outside to experience the great spot for people watching!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marley
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Very friendly,interesting food selection,good service,; would go back again
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and wine experience
    juniebug1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is our third experience at SALT and we have yet to be disappointed. Great food, great attentive service, great wine.....the flavors are fabulous. One of our favorites. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great food and service. In particular they are extremely accomodating to me as I must be gluten free.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the best in boulder
    weninvegas
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food is definitely the best part of SALT. Fresh,local,tasty,unique. But I can't leave out the friendly staff from the moment you walk in until the moment they are saying " thanks for coming!" I will plan a meal here every time I come to Boulder.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We love Salt and have enjoyed eating there each time we've been. Our most recent visit was particularly good in terms of service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent dinner and great service. We were celebrating our anniversary and they gave us a great table and complimentary desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salt is one of the best!
    KatieMVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We almost always dine at Salt when in Boulder. Excellent menu, great service, great wine selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is good but odd bar service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We enjoyed some good food here recently and it is cute and cozy inside and very pleasant outside dining. My only complaint is that when you order drinks or wine they take 10-15 min to come out or don't come at all until you ask.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • freshfoodlover
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I went to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary. We had a great table and a wonderful waiter. The food he recommended was amazing and his summer drink-Prosseco with lemon and the house made strawberry/basil syrup and a shot of vodka was amazingly refreshing. I love that the restaurant is a farm to table and GMO free. I made an on-line reservation and told them it was our anniversary. They were kind enough to give us a great table and a lovely complimentary dessert. Salt is right on Pearl Street so the people watching is great. The outside of the restaurant says Tom's Tavern so that was our only catch, but right above the entrance it says SALT. It was a perfect date for a great celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service great, food ok
    BoCoDiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The two people who served us were excellent, attending to our needs and wants in a friendly, prompt manner. The food was in some cases, ironically, too salty, and the visual presentation of the tuna was somewhat crude, cut into 4 chunks; in another restaurant with a similar entree, it was sliced thinly and served in a fan. For a dining experience at a restaurant like Salt, I expect the food, as well as the service, to be impeccable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not quite up to last visit
    TEDDER
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The weakest part of our meals were the entrees. My chicken was overcooked enough to taste dry. My wife's fish was unremarkable. The sides and deserts were terrific as we have come to expect at SALT.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Salt gets better
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I've always like this restaurant, and I think it trends toward getting better over time. On this occasion, I chose seared albacore tuna, not an easy fish to cook properly as it is very delicate. The preparation was perfect with delicious and interesting sides.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Average at best
    KatieVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food was fine- nothing creative or different. Service was terrible- server forgot about us several times- even admitted it to us! The glass of wine I ordered was $10/glass ($40/bottle). She brought out a different wine that she said was similar because they were out of the one I ordered. We then ordered a bottle of the same for dinner and when we got the check the bottle was $120! That wasn't cool. We were never given bread or told about the specials like the other diners were with a different server. All in all, wasn't impressed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot for lunch
    BoulderFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Speedy service, delicious food, and a beautiful day to be outside. Make sure to get a table with an umbrella, otherwise it's a bit hot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was ok.
    KMac
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We went for a birthday dinner. Ambiance was ok. We didnt feel special - just run through the system. Food was good, but portions smallish. We will add it to the rotation, but it won't be a 'go to' place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Salt!
    kpapaVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We just love this place---everything on the menu is local and organic and the drink menu is great to try all the different combinations. Great service and a great meal...Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SO DISAPPOINTING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I went here for my birthday. Have loved this place in the past, but my birthday dinner was AWFUL. My husband and I both ordered the salmon. It smelled fishy as soon as the plates were set down, and tasted even worse. Slimy, fishy, disgusting. We should have sent both dinners back and ordered something fresh, but were too mortified. The waitress was lovely so 5 stars for the wait staff. It's not their fault the food was inedible. I'm afraid this restaurant has lost our business.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, ify service
    Executor1977
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was fantastic! Everything was served to perfection. However after being seated my date and I had to wait around 8 minutes to even get water. And another 5 before our drink orders were taken. Once our drinks were finaly brought, the service was fine and the staff was extremely jovial and helpful. I would still recomend Salt to a friend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good brunch find
    highplainesgastronome
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Our friend had recommended Salt as a great place for brunch in Boulder. We were not disappointed. The highlight for me was the fantastic scone. It was light a fluffy not hard and dense like scones often are. We enjoyed an outside table with a great view of the flat irons. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Tomx1VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Unaccommodating, small portions, low value for the money, overpriced drinks with short pours, slow service. Only positive was the wait staff was friendly.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impress your hipster date
    Trendiner
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The atmosphere at SALT is fun, it is complimentary to the food. Though it won't take your breath away, it definitely has a very meta vibe to it. The bathrooms were clean and, aesthetically, the best part of the design. The service was fantastic, the wait staff was very personable and friendly. In regards to the food, it is a little pricey for what it is; however it is to be expected from a trendy farm to table restraunt. The menu had some very intentional and well thought out options. It might be pragmatic to mention or note options like gluten or dairy-free in some dishes. I was impressed by the wine list and delighted by the local beer sections. Overall a highly delightful experience and a great place to take a date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A+ except smoked salmon benedict
    BoulderDiner
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    All in all Salt provided a great brunch for our group of three. One ordered gluten pancakes with peaches and another had the huevos rancheros and both were divine. My smoked salmon Benedict was okay. The salmon was incredibly salty--exponentially more than any other smoked salmon I have ever had. Other than that minor blip on what is usually fantastic fare, the service was impeccable and the menu offered many wonderful choices. Thanks to Salt for a wonderful patio dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT food!
    Married2Nalien
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were there for a late Saturday night dinner and even though I did not get my first choice for dinner (they ran out - not an unexpected occurrence in a restaurant that sources fresh and local) the food was amazing! Very clean and fresh. And they are VERY gluten free aware and even have their own AMAZING homemade GF bread. Someone in the kitchen absolutely knows what they are doing! Waitstaff was attentive without being obtrusive and knowledgeable about menu and wine. We were 2+ hours eating dinner and there were several other tables that were there as long or longer than us so they don't make anyone feel pressure to turn the tables over. Overall, a wonderful experience and we can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful good
    applemc55VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Very fresh and local food served up with style and imagination. Only reDon service rated a 3 was because it was slow. I would definately go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    SamBolder
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We sat outside, which is always nice and the service was good. We had the shrimp appetizer special which was overpriced ($13.00) and consisted of 5 grilled shrimp with a small side of greens - which had a horrible bitter taste. We had the Tuna which was $23.00 and absolutely nothing special. I ordered a lemon drop martini, which was overly sweet and poorly constructed. I had eaten at Salt about seven weeks ago and at that time enjoyed the meal, as well as the lemon drop martini. This past weekend the food and drinks were significantly different, and with all the great choices in restaurants in Boulder, it will be a long time before I return to Salt.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    DocMVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Pedestrian food at best. Service was sloppy. I was very disappointed in this establishment. They are at the bottom in a list of Boulder restaurants.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best and Worst
    sweetsoulsister
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Went for a friends birthday dinner. I really enjoyed the grilled octopus small plate, but my salmon entrée was inedible. I couldn't even cut it with a fork. Our waiter never checked on us, and when the bus boy came to clear the plates, I asked him to send over our waiter. Instead a woman came over and I told her the issue with the fish. She apologized and took it off the bill but by this time, my companions were done eating so there was not time to get another item. I left hungry with a $70 bill. Thanks for the free dessert though. This was my first visit and most likely my last.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mostly good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We dine frequently at Salt. There were difficulties with the hostess and service this time, which I included in a personal note to the restaurant. The food is consistently good, which in my mind made up for the host and serving issues. Will continue to enjoy dining there. Giving it still a 4 star rating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food and Cocktails
    PinkbirdVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We've been coming here annually for a few years. Food is consistently good but less creative than past years. Craft cocktails are excellent and main focus of the wait staff in terms of recommendations and knowledge. Three dining areas: outside which is basically next to the street, main dining room which is charming but conversation is impossible, or lower level which is quiet but no view and slow service. Our waiter didn't write down our order 3 diners) and forgot a side dish and request for dressing on the side.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic
    LeeM
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    If you like an eclectic dining experience, this restaurant is for you. The menu included items that are not readily available on a typical menu. The House Chicken Liver Mousse appetizer was amazing, as good or better than any New York restaurant. The entrees were done to perfection and the desserts - unique and delicious. Give it a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate